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Headword: Λεπτυσμός
Adler number: lambda,300
Translated headword: thinning
Vetting Status: high
'Thinning' is when the depth of the phalanx is contracted, and instead of 16 men they become fewer.
Greek Original:
Λεπτυσμός: λεπτυσμός ἐστιν, ὅταν τὸ βάθος τῆς φάλαγγος συναιρῆται, καὶ ἀντὶ ι#2# ἀνδρῶν ἐλάττους γίνωνται.
Aelian, Tactica 38.3
This noun derived from the verb λεπτύνω (lambda 299) also has a medical meaning, more common than the present one: see LSJ s.v.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mathematics; medicine; military affairs; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 30 April 2008@05:11:52.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference, set status) on 30 April 2008@12:05:34.
David Whitehead (tweaked note; another keyword) on 1 May 2008@02:56:00.
David Whitehead on 5 April 2013@05:57:52.


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